It went back and forth but Cody Walker has signed a new deal with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
With much talk of a potential departure, the 96-game player – all for Souths – said there was no other club for him.
“I’m really happy to have this contract signed,” Walker said.
“South Sydney is my home and I didn’t want to play for anyone else.”
“There’s really no other option for me. It was my priority to stay here and I’m glad the Club and my management were able to come to an agreement before Christmas.
“So we can enjoy this special time of year as a family, then turn our focus back onto getting prepared for next season.”
Coming to the club as a young buck, Walker has been floored by the support he has received from fans and the club.
“The Redfern community has really taken me and my family in and I call this place home now,” Walker continued.
“I can’t wait to see what’s ahead in the coming years for this Club, this team, the Members and the supporters.
“There are exciting times ahead and I can’t wait to part of it all.”
For Rabbitohs General Manager of Football Shane Richardson, the retention of Walker was a priority.
“Cody’s game went to a new level in 2019, as did his leadership at the club,” Richardson said.
“He is one of the most potent attacking players in the competition and he showed he has the resolve to be one of the best defensive halves in the NRL as well.
“He is a quality footballer from a great family and we’re looking forward to seeing him take a greater leadership role at the Club over the next two years.”